2013 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 750 - FAMILIES
750 ILCS 61/ - Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence Act.

(750 ILCS 61/1)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/5

(750 ILCS 61/5)
Sec. 5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly finds that persons attempting to escape from actual or threatened domestic violence frequently establish new addresses in order to prevent their assailants or probable assailants from finding them. The purpose of this Act is to enable State and local agencies to respond to requests for public records without disclosing the location of a victim of domestic violence, to enable interagency cooperation with the Attorney General in providing address confidentiality for victims of domestic violence, and to enable State and local agencies to accept a program participant's use of an address designated by the Attorney General as a substitute mailing address.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/10

(750 ILCS 61/10)
Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Address" means a residential street address, school address, or work address of an individual, as specified on the individual's application to be a program participant under this Act.
"Program participant" means a person certified as a program participant under this Act.
"Domestic violence" has the same meaning as in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 and includes a threat of domestic violence against an individual in a domestic situation, regardless of whether the domestic violence or threat has been reported to law enforcement officers.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/11

(750 ILCS 61/11)
Sec. 11. Address confidentiality program; administration. Subject to appropriations for the purposes of this Act, the Attorney General shall administer an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/15

(750 ILCS 61/15)
Sec. 15. Address confidentiality program; application; certification.
(a) An adult person, a parent or guardian acting on behalf of a minor, or a guardian acting on behalf of a disabled person, as defined in Article 11a of the Probate Act of 1975, may apply to the Attorney General to have an address designated by the Attorney General serve as the person's address or the address of the minor or disabled person. The Attorney General shall approve an application if it is filed in the manner and on the form prescribed by him or her and if it contains:
(1) a sworn statement by the applicant that the

applicant has good reason to believe (i) that the applicant, or the minor or disabled person on whose behalf the application is made, is a victim of domestic violence; and (ii) that the applicant fears for his or her safety or his or her children's safety, or the safety of the minor or disabled person on whose behalf the application is made;

(2) a designation of the Attorney General as agent

for purposes of service of process and receipt of mail;

(3) the mailing address where the applicant can be

contacted by the Attorney General, and the phone number or numbers where the applicant can be called by the Attorney General;

(4) the new address or addresses that the applicant

requests not be disclosed for the reason that disclosure will increase the risk of domestic violence; and

(5) the signature of the applicant and of any

individual or representative of any office designated in writing under Section 40 of this Act who assisted in the preparation of the application, and the date on which the applicant signed the application.

(b) Applications shall be filed with the office of the Attorney General.
(c) Upon filing a properly completed application, the Attorney General shall certify the applicant as a program participant. Applicants shall be certified for 4 years following the date of filing unless the certification is withdrawn or invalidated before that date. The Attorney General shall by rule establish a renewal procedure.
(d) A person who falsely attests in an application that disclosure of the applicant's address would endanger the applicant's safety or the safety of the applicant's children or the minor or incapacitated person on whose behalf the application is made, or who knowingly provides false or incorrect information upon making an application, is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/20

(750 ILCS 61/20)
Sec. 20. Certification cancellation.
(a) If the program participant obtains a name change, he or she loses certification as a program participant.
(b) The Attorney General may cancel a program participant's certification if there is a change in the residential address from the one listed on the application, unless the program participant provides the Attorney General within 7 days notice before the change of address.
(c) The Attorney General may cancel certification of a program participant if mail forwarded by the Attorney General to the program participant's address is returned as nondeliverable.
(d) The Attorney General shall cancel certification of a program participant who applies using false information.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/25

(750 ILCS 61/25)
Sec. 25. Agency use of designated address.
(a) A program participant may request that State and local agencies use the address designated by the Attorney General as his or her address. When creating a new public record, State and local agencies shall accept the address designated by the Attorney General as a program participant's substitute address, unless the Attorney General has determined that:
(1) the agency has a bona fide statutory or

administrative requirement for the use of the address that would otherwise be confidential under this Act; and

(2) this address will be used only for those

statutory and administrative purposes.

(b) A program participant may use the address designated by the Attorney General as his or her work address.
(c) The office of the Attorney General shall forward all first class mail to the appropriate program participants.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/30

(750 ILCS 61/30)
Sec. 30. Voting by program participant; use of designated address by election authority.
(a) A program participant who is otherwise qualified to vote may apply to vote under Article 20 of the Election Code. The program participant shall automatically receive absentee ballots for all elections in the jurisdictions for which that individual resides in the same manner as absentee voters who qualify under Article 20 of the Election Code. The Attorney General shall adopt rules to ensure the integrity of the voting process and the confidentiality of the program participant. The election authority shall transmit the absentee ballot to the program participant at the address designated by the participant in his or her application. Neither the name nor the address of a program participant shall be included in any list of registered voters available to the public.
(b) The election authority may not make the participant's address contained in voter registration records available for public inspection or copying except under the following circumstances:
(1) if requested by a law enforcement agency, to the

law enforcement agency; and

(2) if directed by a court order, to a person

identified in the order.

(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/35

(750 ILCS 61/35)
Sec. 35. Disclosure of address prohibited; exceptions. The Attorney General may not make a program participant's address, other than the address designated by the Attorney General, available for inspection or copying, except under the following circumstances:
(a) if requested by a law enforcement agency, to the law enforcement agency;
(b) if directed by a court order, to a person identified in the order; and
(c) if certification has been canceled.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/40

(750 ILCS 61/40)
Sec. 40. Assistance for program applicants. The Attorney General shall designate State and local agencies and nonprofit agencies that provide counseling and shelter services to victims of domestic violence to assist persons applying to be program participants. Any assistance and counseling rendered by the office of the Attorney General or its designees to applicants shall in no way be construed as legal advice.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/45

(750 ILCS 61/45)
Sec. 45. Rules. The Attorney General may adopt rules to facilitate the administration of this Act by State and local agencies.
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00.)


750 ILCS 61/100

(750 ILCS 61/100)
Sec. 100. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 91-494, eff. 1-1-00; text omitted.)


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